In his first two offseasons with the Redskins, Junior Galette encountered major issues with his health. Now in his third one with Washington, the pass rusher could be facing a legal problem.
Galette was arrested last Friday night in Mississippi, according to TV station WLOX. The reason the 29-year-old was arrested was because he allegedly got into a fight and then ran away.
WLOX reports that Galette was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to comply. The New Orleans Advocate, meanwhile, says the case is "tentatively scheduled" to go to court in mid-June.
The NFL veteran's attorney confirmed to The Advocate that the arrest did happen, but didn't comment further.
The team issued a statement: "We are aware of the incident. We are gathering information and will refrain from making any further comment."
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Josh Doctson looked like a first-round pick in Richmond, at least, until a hamstring injury knocked him off the Richmond practice fields for a few days. On Thursday, back in Ashburn, Doctson again showed his considerable talents.
Taking the field for 11v11 drills for the first time since he injured his hamstring. Doctson made three catches from QB Kirk Cousins. He showed the same fluidity and smoothness in his routes that he flahes in Richmond.
Leaving the field, Doctson said he felt good. After practice, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Doctson "looked good." Gruden added the plan is to see how Doctson looks in warmups before the Packers game Saturday (6:30, CSN) night and then the team will decide if the second year wideout will play or not.
Other notes and observations:
- In season, the media gets to watch very little of NFL practices, especially in the time leading up to a game. Since Thursday's practice was still technically a training camp session, reporters got to stay and watch as the Redskins prepared for the Packers by running their scout team offense and defense. Cousins and the starting Redskins offense went up against the faux-Packers squad, complete with Dashaun Phillips dressed in a yellow penny playing the role of Ha-Ha Clinton Dix. It was very interesting to watch, and shows that the Redskins will be better prepared for Green Bay this week than they were for Baltimore last week.
- Thursday's practice also went much shorter than many of the recent sessions, another sign that the Redskins were treating the Packers game like a normal week. The team skipped the bulk of individual drills, 7v7 and cut down on special teams work.
- Deshazor Everett missed the practice session with a personal issue, per Gruden. The coach added that Everett is "okay."
- Working in drills near the goal line - against the scout team - Cousins looked dialed in. He fired touchdowns to Vernon Davis and Terrelle Pryor.
- Kendall Fuller has locked up the nickel cornerback role. It also looks like the four down linemen in nickel will start with Jon Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan. There will be plenty of changes and rotations among that group though.
- Gruden announced after practice that Zach Brown and Mason Foster will start at the linebacker spots vs Green Bay. The team showed that duo in drills, which meant Will Compton got pushed to the second team. When that group was on the field, rookie Montae Nicholson tipped a pass at the goal line. Compton came up with it for the INT.
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The Redskins may be getting one of their most valuable players back on the field next week.
Jordan Reed, who has been on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list with a toe injury since the start of training camp, said that his toe feels better.
“It’s healing up, I should be out there in a couple of days,” said Reed after he watched the team practice on Thursday. “I ran routes last week and I felt pretty good . . . I expect to be out there next week.”
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Last week Reed got a new orthotic device, which he wears whenever he’s wearing shoes. It has been of great help.
“It’s been working good,” he said. “It’s helped my toe out a lot. When it tried them out it felt pretty good.”
Watching practice from the sideline has frustrated Reed but he realizes it’s for the best.
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“It’s been tough,” he said. “Any time you miss time it’s rough but I try to stay positive and understand that it’s for the better for the whole season.”
The Redskins play the Packers in their second preseason game on Saturday and they will resume practice on Monday or Tuesday. That could have Reed set up to play in their third preseason game against the Bengals a week from Sunday but given how cautious they have been with this injury so far it would be surprising if they put him in that game. So it looks like the first time we will see Reed on the field is Week 1 of the regular season against the Eagles.
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